RAMEN LICIOUSBy Lisa Crawford
Summertime in the city always means a more relaxed atmosphere. Friends and family come to visit and the days get a little longer. What better way to celebrate your time off than with a delicious meal? And here at Asian Fusion Magazine, we think that no meal is complete unless it includes noodles! Soba and Ramen, that is. Here are the 15 best places for you to indulge this summer.
The quaint and simple East Village eatery is an ideal place for a lunch meeting or catching up with friends over some delicious soba. We hear the Cold soba with tempura is made from 100% buckwheat and is tastier than ever. With modest prices, like $11 for an entrée, you’ll feel welcomed and comfortable.East Village 229 E 9th St New York, NY 10003 (212) 533-6966 http://www.sobaya-nyc.com/wp/
If you and your entourage are looking for a night out on the town, Ippudo might be a great spot for you. The upscale and vibrant ambiance is sure to make your night a fun and exciting one. Guests have said that the Akamaru Modern ramen and the Shiromaru Hakata Classic ramen are two tasty dishes. Ippudo is also well known for their amazing pork buns. And while this hot spot can fill up quickly, it is definitely worth the wait.65 4th Ave New York, NY 10003 (212) 388-0088 http://www.ippudony.com
Sometimes we all want to put on our best digs and head out for a fancy night on the town. Ootoya Chelsea is one of the best places in the city to do just that. The upscale feel, dim lighting and sleek lines make for a great atmosphere for a date night. The food is served mostly in sets, so if you are dining with a friend, you’ll enjoy the evening. The Udon and Kaisen Don set is very popular, as is the homemade tofu. Be sure to save room for dessert. The Matcha Anmitsu is scrumptious.Flatiron 8 W 18th St New York, NY 10011 (212) 255-0018 http://ootoya.us/
Sometimes, all you need is a cozy bar to meet up with friends for some yummy ramen. And that is just what Cocoron is all about. Stamina Dip Soba and the Cold Kimchi Soba are two standout items. Other guests rave about the simplicity of the Buta Shabu Soba with sesame sauce.Lower East Side 61 Delancey St New York, NY 10002 (212) 925-5220 http://www.cocoronandgoemon.com/
Mei Jin Ramen
For a fancy New York feel on the Upper East Side, head over to Mei Jin Ramen. This elegant restaurant is picture-perfect for an intimate night with your loved ones. Dim lighting and exposed red brick will get anyone in the mood…for some delicious Ramen. Although it may not seem like the place to order Fried Chicken, Mei Jin Ramen is known for theirs. For appetizers, the Shishito Pepper and the Eggplant appetizer have been called “perfection.”Yorkville, Upper East Side 1574 2nd Ave New York, NY 10028 (212) 327-2800 https://www.facebook.com/meijinramen
Dinner and a show is always a unique way to enjoy a New York summer night and at SobaKoh, you can sit and watch fresh homemade soba being made from scratch. The exposed red brick makes for a cozy and happy atmosphere. We suggest you try the Eggplant and Duck hot soba. And if you are an early bird, there are great prices for early diners starting at 5pm.East Village 309 E 5th St New York, NY 10003 (212) 254-2244 http://www.sobakoh-nyc.com/
Picture a New York deli style ramen spot surrounded by the comfort of dark wood and the smell of delectable ramen. Of course, on the menu, the Tamashii ramen is the best, seeing as how the restaurant is named after it. Other great “must haves” are the Veggie ramen, Octopus Balls, Pork Buns and the Shrimp Dumplings.Astoria 2905 Broadway Astoria, NY 11106 (718) 278-5888 http://www.tamashiiny.com/
In Alphabet City, Minca will make you feel like you’re at home in mom’s kitchen. Picture yourself sitting at the kitchen counter, watching the delicious ramen cooked right in front of your eyes. Minca is proud to serve organic whole wheat spicy miso, which their guests just love. It just goes to show you, mom does it best!East Village, Alphabet City 536 E 5th St New York, NY 10009 (212) 505-8001 http://newyorkramen.com/
When you think of NYC summers, you think of never-ending fun. Soba Totto is synonymous with a good time. The bustling and exciting ambiance is what brings New Yorkers near and far to this fantastic soba spot. The Salmon Oyako Don with hot soba and the Zaru soba have been raved about. Trust us; Soba Totto is among the best.
Midtown East 211 E 43rd St New York, NY 10017
(212) 557-8200 http://www.sobatotto.com/about-sobatotto
Jun-Men Ramen Bar
Looking for the new “it” place to go and check out? This modern sushi bar is a great place to see the action, laugh with friends and get some great ramen. The Pork Bone ramen and the Spicy Miso have been raved about. And according to one satisfied customer, the Uni Mushroom Mazemen is “unlike any other in the city.” Sounds like a winner to us!Chelsea 249 9th Ave New York, NY 10001 (646) 852-6787 http://www.junmenramen.com/#home
Sometimes the food is so tasty, that atmosphere isn’t as important. The modest and understated décor of Ise Restaurant lets the food speak for itself. Diners have said the Unagi is amazing, the Soba is delicious and the Sashimi is extremely fresh. We’re sold.East Village 63 Cooper Sq New York, NY 10003 (917) 765-2324 http://www.iserestaurant.com/downtown.html
The narrow walls of Nishida Sho-ten only add to the ambiance. Check out the busy signs adorned on the walls. This place personifies hip, NYC cafeteria style. While it is often crowded, it is still worth stopping by. Guests love the sesame seed grinder and fried garlic bits condiments. Another draw of Nishida Sho-ten: They serve extra noodles for free if you are dining past 11PM.Midtown East 302 E 49th St New York, NY 10017 (212) 308-0791 http://nishidasho-ten.com/
Wajima Japanese Restaurant
On the Upper East Side, you will find no shortage of fantastic restaurants. But if you want a simply elegant eatery, Wajima Japanese Restaurant may be ideal for you. Customers say intimate tables and soft lighting is good for entertaining business associates or for a first date. The Sashimi is to die for. Wajima is also known for its inexpensive and delicious lunch specials. For $13 you get three mini bowls of Chirashi, Ten-don, and Soba, Miso Soup and Chawanmushi. New Yorkers will love this spot.
Upper East Side 134 E 61st St New York, NY 10021(212) 813-9065 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wajima-Japanese-Restaurant/100876719957716
Narrow with a modern and hip feel, this is the ideal spot to spend a Saturday afternoon catching up with friends over delicious ramen. Onigiri Pork Bun is probably the most popular menu item, however if you are a vegetarian, the Vegetable Gyosa is also spot on. Get your lunch dates ready and head over to Astoria.Astoria 34-05 30th Ave Astoria, NY 11103 (718) 806-1677 http://ramenokidoki.com/
Soba Noodle Azuma 55
Cozy and small, this eatery lets its food do all of the talking! And while this restaurant is fairly new, it is well worth a try. Soba noodle set with Shrimp Tempura is delicious! The noodles are very fresh and not too expensive for the large portions ($14). At Azuma 55, the soba comes in different flavors and toppings. Looking for a new place to try? Head to Midtown; you won’t be disappointed.Midtown West 251 W 55th St New York, NY 10019 (917) 262-0540 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Soba-Noodle-Azuma/790166131088484